Stranger Things fans have been waiting with bated breath for a return to Hawkins, Indiana, and all the things that go bump in the night there. It’s been almost three years since we last had anything from this series, with the show on an extended hiatus thanks, in part, to the Covid-19 pandemic. But news has been ramping up on the Stranger Things Season 4 front and now we finally have a concrete timeline for when the show will make its way back to Netflix. The streamer has announced that the first part of Season 4 will release on the streamer on May 27th of this year. That will consist of five episodes. And then four more episodes will release on Netflix on July 1st.
The first episode of Stranger Things Season 4 is titled “The Hellfire Club” which is likely a reference to the group often at odds with the X-Men and likely points to some kind of secret society that might be at the center of this new set of stories. We know the series has often gone down the conspiracy theory route and has often been proven right about the goings-on of secret groups. We should be looking at more of the same in this coming season. The Duffer Brothers are back helming this first episode and Shawn Levy (Free Guy, Night at the Museum) is back directing a couple of episodes as well.
Stranger Things Season 4 will pick up the story after Eleven and the Byers family had chosen to leave Hawkins at the end of Season 3. From early trailers around this next season, we see they’ve made their way to sunny California, though Eleven and Mike have been in contact during the time away. There is a suggestion that they are set to meet up again for Spring Break. And though the leads like Millie Bobbie Brown, Finn Wolfhard, and others are noticeably aged thanks to the extended time off, it does seem like the timeline for the series will pick up relatively quickly after the events of the third season.
And in addition to the relationship between Eleven and the rest of the party, it looks like others in the group who’ve remained back in Hawkins are still solving supernatural problems of their own. Another trailer has pointed to the existence of a haunted house in the area that the group is investigating. How these two plot lines dovetail remains to be seen. In all, we know that Stranger Things has done a phenomenal job of interweaving all of these elements into one, big, fantastic story.
Stranger Things Season 4 won’t be the last for the series, but it will be close. That’s because things are set to wrap up after Season 5 which currently doesn’t have a timeline. But after such an extended time away from the show, it’s just good to know we now have a firm date to put on the calendar, a return to the hijinks of the Party, and possibly a final showdown with the Upside Down.